Sunday, October 17, 2010
Wrap-up: 49ers 17, Raiders 9
By Bill Williamson
Breaking down a bad loss for Oakland:
What does it mean: The Raiders just can’t get to .500. They fell to 2-4 after a poor performance against the previously 0-5 49ers. Oakland hasn’t been .500 this deep into the season since 2002. But Oakland’s malaise continued with a discouraging loss.
Tomorrow’s talker: Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell was not good for the third time in three Oakland starts. He was solid when he spelled an injured Bruce Gradkowski last weekend in a win over the Chargers. But Campbell was just 8 of 21 for 83 yards and he threw two interceptions against the 49ers. He just doesn’t give Oakland the spark Gradkowski does. The Raiders need to hope Gradkowski can return from his shoulder injury soon.
Trending; Michael Crabtree continued to outplay Darrius Heyward-Bey, this time on the same field. Oakland shocked the league when it took the green Heyward-Bey at No. 7 instead of Crabtree, who the 49ers took three picks later in the 2009 draft. Crabtree had 48 more catches than Heyward-Bey in their first 16 NFL games. Sunday, Crabtree scored the go-ahead touchdown had had four catches for 57 yards. Heyward-Bey continued to be a non-factor. He had two catches for 19 yards.
What’s next: Oakland plays at Denver next week. The Raiders have had success in Denver in recent years, but they have to try to make strides after a poor outing.